As an old married couple (24+ years), my husband and I tend to look at Valentine’s Day with a raised eyebrow and a snort of derision. It’s a holiday for young and/or new love. They exchange romantic gifts and go out for romantic dinners. Last year my hubby bought me a new lawn mower and picked up a bucket of fried chicken. This year I’m hoping for a drill (and that’s not a euphemism!) Who says romance is dead?
However, as Maggie Smith says in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, “For those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like.” Here’s a list of restaurants offering special dining options for Valentine’s Day.
db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
The chic and modern Miami hot spot will offer a four-course prix-fixe Valentine’s menu on Saturday and Sunday for $155 per person. The meal starts with a choice of peekytoe crab salad or guinea hen terrine, followed by black truffle risotto and your choice of a duo of beef or butter-poached lobster. The meal tops off with a strawberry & raspberry tart with berry sauce and citrus yogurt ice cream or tiramisu chocolate bar with cardamom foam and coffee ice cream
551 Breakers Ave., Fort Lauderdale
2900 Belmar St.
North Beach Hotel has got quite the set-up for a romantic evening. Whether you rent a room or not, you can still arrange a couple’s massage in the spa followed by dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants. At Village Café, the $50 dinner for two includes a sampler plate appetizer and a choice of entrée for each (chicken Francaise, short ribs, lemon basil salmon or eggplant Romano) and a shared dessert. Its sister al fresco restaurant, Plaza Bistro, features a “Moonlight Dinner for Two” for $40. The meal includes a shared salad bowl, an entrée for each (choice of meat lasagna, chicken carbonara, spaghetti and meatballs or tomato basil salmon) and a shared strawberry cheesecake.
2826 E Commercial, Fort Lauderdale
If you’ve been dubbed one of the most romantic restaurants by the Sun Sentinel, you’ve got something to live up to. The intimate dining room and soft background music set the mood for a menu of specials in addition to the regular menu. The chef’s romance menu will be offering a few specials in addition to his regular menu; goat cheese stuffed figs wrapped in proscuitto, poached pear and gorgonzola risotto and pork with balsamic reduction as well as a variety of wine specials for the evening.
III Forks Prime Steakhouse
4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
The “Sweetheart Menu,” available Feb. 6-14, is $160 per couple and includes the choice of a salad or lobster bisque, along with a six-ounce filet mignon accompanied by a six-ounce cold water lobster tail, served with whipped potatoes, off the cob cream corn, vine ripened tomatoes and spring onions. The sweet finish is a chocolate lover’s dessert. What’s a celebratory dinner without sparkling wine? Chandon Brut is available for $15 by the glass, Gruet Blanc de Noir for $12 by the glass, $38 by the bottle or Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc for $70 a bottle. The same deal is available at it’s Hallandale location in Gulfstream Park, 501 Silks Run, 954-457-3920.
Speaking of casinos, you don’t normally think of one as a Valentine’s Day destination, but restaurants at two in the area are betting that they’ve got special menus to entice you.
5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek
If you’re the buffet type you’ll enjoy Fresh Harvest, now open after an extensive upgrade. The Valentine’s Day buffet, available until 10 p.m., is $35 and includes one pound of crab legs in addition to buffet items as well as endless mimosas and sparkling wine. The regular buffet features prime rib, leg of lamb, swordfish, truffle risotto, salmon Benedict, and sushi. If that’s a bit overwhelming, Sorrisi, also at the casino, offers a prix-fixe three-course meal for $55 per person. The repast starts with a choice of cioppino or strawberry salad appetizer, followed by truffled seabass or veal scallopine topped with butter poached lobster nestled over a bed of sundried tomato risotto for entree. The meal concludes with red velvet tiramisu, coffee caramel or buttermilk sorbet.
501 Silks Run 954-457-7662
Located right across the way from III Forks in Gulfstream Park, the modern Mexican restaurant offers a “Valentine’s Especialidad” for $35 per person, with cocktail pairings are available for an additional $15. The celebratory meal begins with either mango salad with jicama or creamy vegetable soup with chicken, tortilla strips and queso fresco. Entrée choices include sautéed shrimp with spicy mango mole sauce, a 10 ounce bone-in pork chop with guajillo-tamarind sauce and Angus filet mignon topped with black peppercorn Dijon sauce. Dessert options are fresh strawberries with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream on cinnamon chips or churros drizzled with chocolate raspberry sauce.